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Wales Biodiversity

Welsh Government: Environment – Conservation and Management

The Welsh Government promotes ways of conserving the Welsh environment. We have a legal duty to encourage biodiversity, which is about the connections between all living things in our ecological system.

Our natural and man-made environment is exceptionally rich and diverse. With sustainable and sympathetic management, it provides great opportunities for tourism and active recreation.

In Wales, there are approximately 33,000 km of public rights of way. These were historically access routes for local people, but many now use them for recreation. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 protects these rights and is a foundation for our promotion of access to the countryside.

Forestry Commission Wales acts as the Department of Forestry, stewarding Assembly-owned woodland. It follows Woodlands for Wales, the Assembly Government strategy. This document with accompanying 2006 report is available on the Commission website.

We promote the sustainable management our of marine and fisheries environments in accordance with Welsh, UK and European legislation. An Overarching Welsh Fisheries Strategy is being developed which will consolidate current work on:

  • Creating a sustainable and profitable future for UK fishing
  • Developing the Welsh Fisheries and Aquaculture sector
  • Managing the recreational fisheries of Wales
  • Reviewing Salmon and freshwater fisheries.

We encourage agricultural practices that protect and enhance the wildlife and landscape of Wales. Tir Gofal is a whole farm scheme that includes:

  • Land management, including management of key habitats
  • New access routes, including provision of access for educational purposes
  • Payments for additional work to protect and manage habitats
  • Training for farmers, including courses on managing specific habitats and practical skills.

This is important because the viability and productivity of soil and waters, the climate and other life-support systems depend on the interaction between groups of species and their environment. We are members, with other public and private sector bodies, of the Wales Biodiversity Partnership. This advises the Welsh Assembly Government on action to maintain and enhance biodiversity.

For further information visit http://wales.gov.uk

A Living Wales - a new framework for our environment, our countryside and our seas

We all need to rethink the way we view, protect and manage the Welsh environment.

Many people have become disconnected from their surroundings and underestimate the contribution that a healthy environment plays in their everyday lives. So it is not surprising that the environment doesn't feature strongly in many decisions we make about our future or our personal well being.

With everyone's help, we want to change this. We want to make the health and quality of our natural environment a focus for everyone and a key part of decision making.

We have published the consultation responses, our summaries of responses and our statement of next steps.

For further information visit http://wales.gov.uk

Wales Biodiversity Partnership

The Wales Biodiversity Partnership (WBP) brings together key players from the public, private and voluntary sectors to promote and monitor biodiversity action in Wales.

WBP provides a leadership role and an expert steer on priorities for action on biodiversity in Wales. WBP consists of a steering group (SG) and a wider partnership, supported administratively by a team drawn from the Countryside Council of Wales, Welsh Assembly Government and the Wildlife Trust Wales.

If you would like further information please visit www.biodiversitywales.org.uk


Last Modified on: 05-11-2015

Forthcoming Events

See You in the Park in August Exhibition

Date:
15/02/2017 - 15/10/2017
Description:
Exhibition with images of our wonderful Pontypool Park from the museum & private collections. Local artists' work for sale.

Go Gym with Valleys Gymnastics at Pontypool ALC

Date:
23/03/2017
Description:
Recreational gym classes for pre-school children at Pontypool Active Living Centre

Art Classes

Date:
23/03/2017
Description:
Mixed media class, all abilities, everyone welcome. Tutor Valerie Stewart.

Family History

Date:
23/03/2017
Description:
Come and find out who your ancestors were and start your family tree
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